Renshaw Shipmate Notes 2012

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December 31, 2012

Subj: Shipmate Don McCurry

Posted by Webmaster

Jan reports that Don is still experiencing good days and not-so-good days during his stay in the hospital. As many of you know, the liver transplant completed a few weeks ago was not successful and he is next in line for another transplant when a liver becomes available.  Jan will keep us updated on that and she posts a lot of information on her Facebook page on a regular basis. She let us know they had a good Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.Keep Don and his family in your thoughts and prayers as we move into 2013.

Glenn

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Date: December 30, 2012

Subj: Renshaw Shipmate Tom Vestal
(Received from Tom's family)

Dear Family, friends, and neighbors,

As some of you know,Tom was diagnosed in June 2011 with
Melanoma of the lymph system. He tried Chemo three different times.
Different doses each time. The side effects were great so he went off
Chemo and lived the remaInder of his life pretty much pain free. Tom
passed away in his California home on December 23rd with his family
by his side.

AHOLA,

THE VESTAL FAMILY
720l Dos Rios Drive
Tujunga,CA

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December 14, 2012

To: "barbeeg@hartcom.net" <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: James "Shol" Shostedt

Mr. Barbee,

My father, James E. Shostedt passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, 12 Dec. 2012. Below is his obituary, please post it to the Renshaw Bulletin Board. I know how proud he was of his time and service to the Navy and how much enjoyed reconnecting with his shipmates at the annual reunions.
Thank you for your time.

Best Regards,

James W Shostedt

SHOSTEDT, James E., “Shol”, age 69, of Crystal, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 12, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents, Axel & Mavis. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 44 years, Margi (Richey); children, James (Marie), Jason (Susan), Meghan (Luke) Hanegraaf; grandchildren, Mariah, Alex, Isaac, Addison, Hunter, Isabel, Taylor; siblings, Leigh Ann Larson (Jerry), Kent (Connie), Kevin, Kurt Jenson; many relatives and friends. Memorial Service 7pm Monday, Dec. 17 at Cremation Society of MN, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park (763-560-3100) with visitation 5-7pm. Committal Service 11am Tuesday, Assembly Area 4 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials will be accepted by the family for Parkinson’s Research.

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15 November 2012

From Webmaster

Our shipmate and friend, Don McCurry, has been hospitalized in Missouri for the past few weeks.  Many of you have been keeping up with this through Jan's notes on Facebook. Unfortunately, Jan has come down with a respiratory infection and has been staying home trying to get over it and to keep from exposing Don to it. Jan's sister, Jane, is helping out with the visiting and taking care of things.

Don underwent a liver transplant last month and there have been ups and downs following that. He is still in the hospital in St. Louis and still having his good days and bad days. Just when things seem to be improving, something like infection, rejection, or internal bleeding seems to come along. The family is confident that he is in good hands in that hospital and he is getting the best treatment possible.  If you want to send a card and note of encouragement to Jan and Don, please use Jane's postal address below:

Jane Young,         2359 Four Mile Rd.,      Washington, MO  63090

To those of you on Facebook, both Jan and Jane post a lot of status notes there and you can keep up with Don's progress in real time.

From all of us in the Renshaw family, we wish the best for a speedy recovery to both Don and Jan.

Glenn Barbee

Webmaster

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From: Donald McElfresh <donmcelfresh@sbcglobal.net>
Date: July 14, 2012 1:07:13 PM EDT
To: Glenn Barbee <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: "Playing for Time" (2006) Captain Lodwick Alford, USN, Ret.
Glenn:

Our third skipper on the 499, following the June 1, 1950 recommissioning, was Captain (then Commander) Lodwick H. Alford. Following his retirement he wrote a book titled "Playing for Time, War on an Asiatic Fleet Destroyer." I heard about the book years ago and recently purchased it. I'm sorry Captain Alford isn't still with us so that I could compliment him on it. It is about his ship (and he) the USS Stewart, DD 224, a four stacker destroyer that fought the Japanese during the early years of WWII. I'm sorry we (the crew) weren't told of his war history when he came on board in 1952. He was a real tin can sailor.

Regards,

Don McElfresh
1950-1952

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From: RICHARD WENZEL <RICH4990@MSN.COM>
Date: June 16, 2012 1:32:30 PM EDT
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: GEORGE PETZ

GLENN,

OUR GOOD FRIEND AND SHIPMATE GEORGE, DID NOT MAKE IT. SADLY, GEORGE PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY THE MORNING OF JUNE 14. GEORGE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. GEORGE WAS A PLANK OWNER LONG BEFORE THERE WERE ANY PLANKS, HAVING WORKED ON RENSHAW WHILE SHE WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. GEORGE WAS A BSNM2\C, AND WAS IN RENSHAW FROM COMMISSIONING UNTIL AFTER THE MARIANAS CAMPAIGN. HE FINISHED HIS NAVAL CAREER AS CAPTAIN OF A TUGBOAT. GEORGE WAS ON THE REUNION COMMITTEE DURING THE EARLY YEARS WHEN WE MET IN NEW YORK CITY. AFTER A NUMBER OF REUNIONS IN NEW JERSEY, WE WENT NATION WIDE SO TO SPEAK.THIS WAS DUE TO THE MEN FROM THE KOREA AND VIET NAM WARS COMING ABOARD AND INCREASING THE ATTENDANCE GREATLY. OUR AFFAIRS ARE NOW HELD IN CITIES NATIONWIDE. GEORGE ATTENDED MANY OF THESE, AND EVEN HOSTED, ALONG WITH WIFE BETTY, A GREAT REUNION IN MYRTLE BEACH. GEORGE AND BETTY, DICK AND KAY PRACTICALLY BECAME NEIGHBORS IN M. B.(WE LIVED ABOUT 20 MINUTES APART FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS) WE MET ONCE A WEEK. I CAN’T EXPLAIN WHAT IT MEANT TO BE THIS NEAR TO AN OLD SHIPMATE. GEORGE AND I, DURING THOSE YEARS, RECALLED THE TIME SPENT RESAILING RENSHAW, WITH SO MANY OF YOU MEN. THESE WERE PRECIOUS MOMENTS.
GEORGE PETZ, GOOD FRIEND,TRUE GENTLEMAN, GREAT SHIPMATE.

DICK

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From Glenn (Webmaster) 13 June 2012

Subject:  Shipmate George Petz

Dick Wenzel called me today to let me know George had a severe stroke a few days ago. He's in the hospital near his home in Myrtle Beach, SC. I don't have any other details right now, but from Dick's info, it sounded pretty serious. Home address info is:

Betty and George Petz
124 Cooper River Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
(843) 650-1321

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[From Webmaster: We received the following information on 3 April 2012]

Subject: William Albert Taylor, Jr.
Hello,
My father, William Albert Taylor, Jr. served in the Navy on the USS Renshaw, Boiler Room, from 1959-1963 and just recently passed away on February 20, 2012. I thought I would pass the information along. Attached is a copy of his obituary and a copy of a picture we had made.
Sincerely,
Patricia Taylor – Daughter of William A. Taylor, Jr.

  

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From: "Ken Smith" <smittydude@imt.net>
Date: March 28, 2012 10:26:08 PM EDT
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>

Subject: crew member

I was a crew member on the Renshaw from 1964 - 1968. MM3, aft. eng. rm.. Kenneth D. Smith. Have listing on the tin can sailors site but just discovered this site.

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From: J Woudenberg <jwoud@charter.net>
Date: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Subject: John Woudenberg

To: renshaw499@tellink.net

To all his USS Renshaw shipmates:

Y2C John Woudenberg 1942-1946 passed away on 2/20/2012 in Ormond Beach, Florida. He was 89 years old. He truly enjoyed the comaraderie with his Renshaw shipmates and attended several ship eunions. As his son, I heard many stories about his years on the Renshaw and the torpedo hit it took on 21 February, 1945. He would have wanted to wish you all a fond farewell.

His Son,

John M. Woudenberg

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From: Roger Rieman <roger@usaway.us>
Date: February 20, 2012 9:49:08 AM EST
To: barbeeg@hartcom.net

Subject: San Antonio reunion

Hi Glen and other shipmates of the USS Renshaw.

From time to time I pop in on your site and statistics and noted that your site has been over 200mb of bandwidth. This shows that you have a good following and that your shipmates desire to keep active in your association.

I also see that your next reunion is in San Antonio. My ship (USS Cony DD-508), had their reunion there in 2008 and it is a great place to have one.

We also had a plaque dedication at the WWII Museum in Fredricksburg. The trip there along with the Memorial consumes a good part of the day, so it does cut short the amount of time that you can enjoy the museum. We also took the San Jose Mission tour which was excellent. Of course the Riverwalk is a highlight of San Antonio, but its a rather difficult thing to do with a large group, so we left it as a thing to do on our free day.

Have a great reunion.

Glen, Keep up the good work on your website.

Roger Rieman
roster keeper and webmaster of http://usscony.com

(From Glenn:  Roger is not only a fellow tin can sailor, he also operates 'Frugal Web Hosting', which is the service that does a super job hosting this Renshaw website.  We thank him for his kind words and for staying in touch with us.)

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From: Evelyn Wilson <evwilson30809@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Subject: CAPT. SAMUEL B. WILSON, USN (RET)
To: Don McCurry <renshaw499@tellink.net>

Dear Don,

My son informed me of the Renshaw website the other day and just wanted to pass along the information that my husband, the last skipper of the Renshaw, passed away on January 10, 1999. The Renshaw and it's crew always held a special place in his heart... just as I still do.

Please add me to your e-mailing list and feel free to share my contact info with other members of the Renshaw family.

Best regards.
Evelyn D. Wilson

Renshaw's last skipper, Captain Samuel B. Wilson

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From: Donald McElfresh <donmcelfresh@sbcglobal.net>
Date: January 31, 2012 12:14:49 PM EST
To: Glenn Barbee <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: USS RENSHAW IN THE MOVIES
Glenn:

I don't recall whether I sent these pictures to you before. The Renshaw's was taken at the Sub Base in Pearl during the shooting of the movie "Big Jim McLain" in 1952. John Wayne and James Arness as Federal investigators are going to visit the hulk of the USS Arizona (no monument then). I was hanging over a port side depth charge projector, but fortunately for the viewing public am out of focus. As you will remember we would dress ship and dip our colors whenever we passed the Arizona on our way to the channel and sea.

Don McElfresh

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From: Donald McElfresh <donmcelfresh@sbcglobal.net>
Date: January 19, 2012 2:53:05 PM EST
To: Glenn Barbee <barbeeg@hartcom.net>

Subject: USS RENSHAW SHIP'S BELL

Glenn:

I was exchanging e-mails with Bruce Dewald and he wasn't aware of the Renshaw's ship's bell (1942 commissioning) being adjacent to the front door of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard's museum in Portsmouth, VA. It was on October 20, 2001 that we went there when we couldn't go on NOB Norfolk right after 9/11. I've attached some photos of the bell as well as one I took from the Mk. 56 gun director of Mt. 52 in October 1951 when we were on shore bombardmento of Korea. Hope to see you at te next reunion.

Don McElfresh (1950-52)

   

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January 18, 2012

Dear Glen,
I would appreciate your putting the below information on our web-site.

To All Shipmates,

I recently received a Holiday Card from Ruth Redinger. Included was a separate note unfortunately, Tom Redinger passed away on February 11, 2011. Tom served aboard the Renshaw during World War II.

If you wish to send a condolence card, the address is below:

Mrs. Ruth Redinger
298 Red Oak Drive
Indiana, PA 15701

Thank you,
Sheldon Preville

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From: "Shirley and Bob Schuster" <rjschuster2@comcast.net>
Date: January 15, 2012 2:19:01 PM EST
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: Photo of Renshaw in Pearl Christmas 1950

I served on the Renshaw in 1950-1951 as fire control officer and second division officer.
I came across this photo of the Renshaw taken in Pearl, Christmas 1950. Thought you might like it for your photo collection.

Robert J. Schuster

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To all Renshaw shipmates:

Happy New Year 2012. With this, we start our info notes file for the new year. Let us hear from you. We don't have means for you to post your note here directly, so just send it to me in an email and I'll put it up.

Glenn Barbee, Webmaster

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